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Grateful Dead Live at The Spectrum on 1995-03-17

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Grateful Dead Live at The Spectrum on 1995-03-17

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Grateful Dead
March 17, 1995
The Spectrum
Philadelphia, PA

Unbroken Chain Sound check

Source: Phil's Ear Monitor Feed > Crew Member's Cassette Master (recorded inside venue) > 2nd Gen Cassette **see notes
Transfer: 2nd gen cassette > Kenwood CT-2050 > RCA analog (Monster cables)> RME digi96/8PAD > Soundforge 6.0 recorded at 96kHz/24bit
Mastered: Wavelab 4.0 > Waves X-noise(very slight hiss reduction); normalized; 96/24 > 44.1/16 > CDWave > MKWact > SHN (seekable)

Another Installment of The Music Never Stopped Project

01. [02:01] Phil practices base line by himself
02. [00:32] "it would really help to have Vinny here...Bob did you give that disc to Steve?"
03. [02:19] mostly dead air, drummers start to come in
04. [01:46] Phil, Vince, and drummers practice
05. [00:09] Phil gives directions
06. [00:06] Vince: "Let me here the groove of the body of the song"
07. [00:20] Phil to Bobby "I want to do it in Philadelphia MAN"
08. [00:30] Let's do the verses from A-Minor C - Take 1
09. [02:24] more from the A-minor C - Take 2
10. [00:38] Phil: "That tempo is too fast"
11. [00:32] next take from same spot - Take 3
12. [01:04] Phil: "If I have to go "lookin fo famila fafes""
13. [03:43] Take 4
14. [00:16] Vince: "Is there one of those elevens at the end of the threes"
15. [02:29] Phil counts out the changes
16. [02:15] Learning the part after the first verse
17. [03:13] Vince: "Where in the bar are you starting that three"
18. [00:53] Back to the intro - Take 1
19. [01:20] intro - Take 2
20. [01:45] intro - Take 3 - Phil explains the timing
21. [00:27] Phil works with Steve on the tele-prompter
22. [00:33] "Well then get your God damn earphones tunred up man"
23. [05:59] Take 4 intro - whole song
24. [00:44] Phil explains ending
25. [00:47] Ending - Take 2
26. [00:43] What are the stumbling blocks -- Jerry "not knowing it"
27. [00:52] Let's do something else for a while
28. [01:11] Here Comes Sunshine - Take 1
29. [02:49] Here Comes Sunshine - Take 2

Total [42:34]


This tape came from a member of the Grateful Dead's crew. This is not from the scanner in the parking lot. It was taped by the crewmember himself. I am not exactly sure how it was taped inside the venue. He told to me the story verbally about 4 years ago, and I cannot remember exactly what he said. But one thing I remember for sure, it came from him inside, not from the parking lot scanner.

I met this guy when I was taping a GD member's 'post-dead' band in 1998. They happened to be playing at a venue where I know the soundman. I was taping off the board that night. I got into a conversation with one of the band's crew. (this tape's source) In talking I found out he was a former crewmember for the GD.

On this particular night, the GD member's band did not bring their own DAT deck. So this guy wanted a DAT clone of what I taped. We exchanged info but I did not get around to making his copy for a long while. During that time, he called me a couple of times and told me about this 95 sound check tape he had. We agreed and he sent me this tape in exchange for the DAT. He made my tape from his cassette master.

I had the 1st gen tape in late 1999 and made a copy for my roommate at the time. We've since parted ways. Unfortunately, when I moved in 2001 I lost my copy. I was at my former roommates house the other night and the topic of this tape came up. He dug out his copy and We listened to it. I realized it was a major upgrade to the currently circulating shn seed. So I've converted it. Enjoy

This version is much better sounding without the distortion of the existing seed. It also contains more then the original seed including a few takes of Here Come Sunshine. On the B side of the tape was an ear monitor feed from the Omni in Atlanta for the second live performance of Unbroken Chain from 3/29/95 complete with the band talking to each other in the ear monitors. That content will be seeded separately.

Seeded to etree by Marc Pujol
June 14, 2003

Big thanks to my friend Austin Mulhern for holding onto the tape which became the source for this transfer

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue The Spectrum
Location Philadelphia, PA

Source Rehersal - Phil's Ear Monitor Feed > Crew Member's Cassette Master (recorded inside venue) > 2nd Gen Cassette **see notes via Marc Pujol
Transferred by Marc Pujol


Rehersal - Phil's Ear Monitor Feed > Crew Member's Cassette Master (recorded inside venue) > 2nd Gen Cassette **see notes via Marc Pujol


Reviewer: slipknot synergy - - March 24, 2017
Subject: details
It doesn't feel quite right to be the one to pick this out, but we all know the accuracy of details is important to us heads... So, please correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the second Unbroken Chain played during that spring 1995 tour was on the second night in Charlotte, NC on 3-23-1995, not in Atlanta, which was the next run of shows.
Reviewer: Pangolin22 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 19, 2011
Subject: Very Cool
Well worth a listen. Unfortunately, they never really did nail it...

Thanks for posting this rarity.
Reviewer: jimmyphuckifiknow - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 4, 2008
Subject: Unbroken Chain!!!!!!
The story went if the light chain made it up to the band they would play "Unbroken Chain". I was glad to see and hear are work paid off from the previous tours. The show other than the "Unbroken Chain" was standard fair. The "Brokedown" is very nice.
Reviewer: reddreads - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 25, 2007
Subject: really interesting
This recording is so interesting. Listening to the band learning a song not to mention that its unbroken chain is really sweet. It kind of gives you a feel for whats going on in the musicians minds while they are playing. alot of people who listen to the music dont realize that the jams are more structured than they apear to be. also it gives a feel for how Phil directs a band. I've always wondered what hes saying while watching Phil and friends
Reviewer: 3chrds - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 7, 2006
Subject: ahhh...jerry
damn...i wonder if this is one of the only/last recordings of jerry, in his natural environment, before he passed on. even though he may have been unhealthy and near the end at that point (just speculation, maybe he was fine until the very end), he sounds jovial and happy still. i know he was a bastard too alot of times, but, the goodness sounds like it was still in him. the open-minded, open-hearted jerry. and of course, looking at the date of this post, love and repect to those who have recently fallen...vince. and billy preston died today too. only music can really touch the untarnished good in all of us, or so i think. be positive everyone! before it's all too much...
Reviewer: Olymp Ian - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 12, 2005
Subject: Touch Heads Rule
This person is caught in the Hatrix
Reviewer: touch heads rule - favoritefavorite - April 2, 2005
Subject: Listen closely
Maybe Its just me but I swear you can hear Phil ask Jerry near the end if it will be OK to butcher his beloved tunes in the audible response from the big guy.

Interesting to stream but can't imagine driving down the road listening to this rehearsal for a disapointing (because it came too late) Chain breakout.
Reviewer: Imercator - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 6, 2004
Subject: Interesting..
Nice little insight of the band rehearsing Unbroken Chain and Here Comes Sunshine, though there is not much interesting music here. Garcia only shows up towards the end, with the majority of the recording consisting of Phil telling the rest of the band how to play Unbroken Chain. Sound-wise, this recording lacks bass and stereo dynamic, sounding rather flat..but I guess it is only a ear-monitor feed. Good to have.
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